A Certain Tendency in the Hollywood Cinema, 1930 - 1980 by Robert B. Ray

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From the airborne dirt and dust jacket: "Robert B. Ray examines the ideology of the main enduringly well known cinema on this planet – the Hollywood motion picture. Aided through 364 body enlargements, he describes the advance of that traditionally overdetermined shape, giving shut readings of 5 normal circumstances: Casablanca, It's an excellent existence, the guy Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Godfather, and Taxi driving force. just like the heroes of those videos, American filmmaking has shunned dedication, in either plot and method. rather than opting for left or correct, avant-garde or culture, American cinema attempts to have it either ways.

Although Hollywood's advertisement luck has led the area viewers to equate the yankee cinema with movie itself, Hollywood filmmaking is a specific technique designed to reply to particular ancient occasions. As an artwork limited in theoretical scope yet wealthy in person adaptations, the yank cinema poses the main attention-grabbing query of pop culture: Do dissident varieties have any probability of final freed from a mass medium trying to co-opt them?

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34 These complaints suggest that the very opposite of planning was taking place in the area of film distribution. Some argued that the theatres themselves should also be under a consistent, centralised control structure. When the autonomous Cinefication Administration was established in 1933, the theatres that had formerly fallen under Sovkino and Soiuzkino control were placed in its hands, while equivalent administrations were established in the republics. Yet, although private ownership had by now been officially liquidated, urban theatres were controlled by a variety of organisations that still competed with each other for the biggest profits.

15 CHAPTER 1 FILM ADMINISTRATION AND INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT T his chapter will examine the role of government, Party and administrative decision-making and the development of Soviet cinema’s industry and infrastructure. The 1930s saw a gradual shift from a preoccupation with the macromanagement of the broader industry, to organising cinema on centralised principles and imposing ideological control over the production process. This shift was particularly evident in official government and Party decision-making, as well as industry administration.

More significantly, Stalin gave his full support to the plan, challenging government figures opposed to the project by stating to Shumiatsky in 1935: ‘Of course we need a cine-city. Objectors cannot see further than their own noses. ’54 Stalin maintained a close interest in the development of the plan for cine-city and continued to support the idea until the general tide of opinion began to turn against Shumiatsky, during the last months of 1937. 55 In October 1937, the newspaper Kino (Cinema) published an article denouncing one of the project’s key proponents, Vladimir Nilsen.

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